Coming and going: Obama and Biden to be out of country simultaneously
March 19th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Coming and going: Obama and Biden to be out of country simultaneously

Washington (CNN) - It's the ultimate 'who's minding the store' question: For the first time since taking office, both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be out of the country at the same time (if only for a few hours).

The White House is adamant this will not affect the day-to-day operation of the government. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters last week, "President Obama is president of the United States everywhere he goes. Vice President Biden is vice president of the United States everywhere that he goes."

The question came up after it was announced that Biden would lead the U.S. delegation to attend Pope Francis' inauguration in Rome Tuesday. This came on the same day Obama is scheduled to depart on a trip to the Middle East.

The reporting pool traveling with the vice president back from Rome reports he is expected to land Tuesday evening at Joint Base Andrews anytime from 8:20 p.m. ET to 9:20 p.m. ET. The president is set to take off for his Middle East trip at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Depending on headwinds, the two most powerful officials in the government could be like ships passing in the night on Air Force One and Air Force Two.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's a 20 minute gap for Pete's sake. The Executive Branch knows better not to leave their children(Congress) home alone.

    March 19, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Guest

    We can only hope they are seeking asylum and have no intention of returning to face their crimes against the U.S. citizens!

    March 19, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Babyboomer

    For Christ sake. CNN, please stop it. Where were the reports about Bush and Chaney's every move. We had the MSM in the 2000's. So where was the outcry then...

    March 19, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Can they STAY out of the country simultaneously?

    March 19, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. sifto

    I, too, am sick of seeing these 2 every day on the news, babyboomer............but, MSM will not stop reporting on them.....anything to keep them relevant after all of their goof-ups....hopefully, Obama has stopped campaigning, anyway...

    March 19, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Coming and going: Obama and Biden to be out of country simultaneously

    Depending on headwinds, the two most powerful officials in the government could be like ships passing in the night on Air Force One and Air Force Two.
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    Which is why I give a pass to Boehner (#3) on not going to Rome. But, the Republicans should have sent someone with Biden to honor the Vatican's invitation to attend the Pope's installation. Isn't our domestic politics supposed to end at our borders, or however that phrase goes? Apparently, Republicans thiink snubbing Obama administration is more inportaint than snubbing the new Pope.

    March 19, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Mikey

    I can see that some of the usual suspects still sit around making the same childish, disrespectful comments, apparently determined to remain on the wrong side of history. As they say, you just can't fix.....

    March 19, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. BiBi

    Obviously, there are some still out there that cannot come to grips that Romney LOST!

    March 19, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Paul

    OMG. That puts John Boehner in charge. Someone check all the bars in DC and let him know!!!!

    March 19, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Sam

    Yesss we r free of both them 4 a couple minutes cant wait to 2016

    March 19, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. ma

    Oh my God. So Boehner is in charge. he will cry all day because he is not capable of doing anything.

    March 19, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Adam G

    I feel like this whole article was a buildup to, the last sentence... Like a would-be poet came up with it and needed a sorry to go around it.

    Seriously, this is 2013. I think the republic will survive not having it's leaders on U.S. Soul for upwards of 120 minutes.

    March 19, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |